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FCPS: Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators and community members to access information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 6,000 lending library materials available at the PRC help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged and thriving. Walk-in, call or email us. We’re here to help!

The FCPS Parent Resource Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services
2334 Gallows Road, Room 105
Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027
Tel: 703-204-3941

Workshops for Parents, Educators and Community Members

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers FREE workshops for parents, educators and community members, training, and conferences on a wide variety of topics throughout the school year.

Attend our research-based, professional workshops to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Resources and strategies to support all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

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Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at:

Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs
A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.
Contact: Formed Families Forward

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All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events become available they will be posted at:
Accommodations for Recreational Classes with Fairfax County Parks
The Park Authority is committed to providing all residents equal access to programs, classes, and camps.  Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.
To request accommodations, or 703-324-8563
Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids
Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation 
VA DARS, Ticket to Work Partnership Plus, 1619B, and Medicaid Works — with Webinar Option
Fri Jan 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church, VA
This overview of Vocational Rehabilitation will include points of contact for DSS offices, functional definitions of programs, and a description of the Virginia Model.
Americans With Disabilities Act:  The Basics — Webinar
Tue Jan 8, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Learn about the provisions of the ADA, including employment protections, interactions with state and local governments, transit, and reasonable accommodations.
Getting Past Procrastination:  How to Get Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated…
Tue Jan 8, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
JMHS Lecture Hall 5, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna
Learn about the different types of procrastination, why it’s so common, and how parents can help kids outsmart it to focus, plan ahead, and finish on time.
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed Jan 9 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.
How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Thu Jan 10 9:00 am, Kent Garden ES 1717 Melbourne Dr. McLean
Learn how a growth mindset and executive function skills can help students have less stress and more success at school.
Plan Ahead — LifeSkills Training for Middle School Students — 6 Session Course
Thu. Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, Sherwood CC 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax
This is a proven program for teens to learn healthy habits and build communication and social skills.  Dinner served.  Teens who attend regularly earn gift cards!
Coping Strategies for Anxious Children
Fri. Jan. 11, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to help children (ages 8-17) with anxiety; when anxiety becomes a disorder; strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders; and stress reduction tools.
Register: or 703-204-3941
Autism Advocacy 
Sat. Jan. 12,  10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr, Oakton
Learn how to be an effective autism advocate, current autism advocacy issues, and what to expect when advocating at the state level.
Organize Your IEP Records — for Teachers and Parents
Sat Jan. 12, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fairfax Church of Christ 3901 Rugby Rd. Fairfax
Tame the chaos!   Bring your paperwork, and we will provide the how-to directions.  The first 30 registrants will receive free binders and materials.
Author Talk and Book Signing
Mon Jan 14 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Robinson SS Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax VA
Meet the authors of Voices from Around the IEP Table, a book about the perspectives of IEP team members, culturally diverse students, and their families.
Changing the Game: A Parent Guide to Healthy Screen Use
Wed Jan. 16, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly, VA
Learn why screen time is so addictive; how to balance age-appropriate limits with self-regulation; and what to do if your child shows signs of internet addiction.
The Invisible Disability: Understanding and Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) — 1st of 3 Webinars
Wed. Jan. 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Learn about the current diagnostic tools and criteria to identify FASD, the latest trends in treatment, and how best to support a loved one with this disorder.
Special Education PTA Membership Meeting and Roundtable
Thu. Jan. 17, 7-9 pm, Jackson MS Lecture Hall 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Join the discussion with the Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) for all parents and school staff serving students with disabilities in Fairfax County.
Introduction to Special Education
Wed Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn what special education is, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
The Impact of Childhood Trauma at Home and School: Building Resilience
Wed Jan. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm Hammond MS 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
This workshop will offer strategies to help minimize the impact of trauma exposure and how to build resilience in children of all ages.
Students & Stress:  What’s Going On and How Can Parents Help?
Thu Jan. 24, 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
The Self-Driven Child: How Promoting a Sense of Control Lowers Stress and Increases Motivation in Children and Teens — Webinar
Thu Jan 24, 1:00-2:30 pm, Extended access Jan. 24 – Feb. 20
Learn how to foster a strong sense of autonomy or agency in children in order to lower stress and build self-motivation. Free Registration code: EARLY2019
Housing Hackathon
Thu & Fri Jan. 24 & 25,10 am Tech NoVA 7054 Haycock Rd. Falls Church
Entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, students, and others are invited to use data to create innovative solutions to disability housing challenges in Fairfax County.
Practical Strategies for Supporting a Loved One with FASD — Webinar
Mon Jan. 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
Learn how to use neuro-behavioral strategies to support a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to become more successful and reduce frustration.
Como navegar la crianza en los años de la adolescencia — taller de 7 semanas
Tue Jan 29-Mar. 12, 6-8 pm, Park View HS 400 W Laurel Ave. Sterling
Se centra en crear un ambiente para apoyar cambios de comportamiento positivos con familias de niños mayores de 11 años.
Registrarse:  Daiana Bañales-Dorman  703-820-9001 x 109
Plan Ahead — South County Dads Parenting Group
Tue Feb 5-Apr. 30, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Spr. CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alex.
This 12 session class focuses on self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills, and relationship skills.  Includes meals and access to father-child activities.
Plan Ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Conference 2019
Sat Mar 2, 8:00 am-2:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Fri Apr 5, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Kelly Ctr. 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.
Save the Date — Annual FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat Apr 6, Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke
The event will focus on supporting inclusive and post-secondary practices for students with disabilities. It includes a Student Strand for youth age 14-22.
Plan Ahead — Diamonds in the Rough Conference    Cost Varies
Fri/Sat Apr 12-13, JHU 9601 Medical Ctr. Dr. Rockville, MD
Parenting Chldren with Special Needs:  Preparing to Launch at Every Age

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD
Meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, Enter on South Street. No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building
Contact: or call 703- 641-8940.

Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

‘Meraki’ Teen Drop-In Group
Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
1st Floor Lobby of Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax
Contact: 703-207-7893 Peer Recovery Support Staff.

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms
This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.

Autism Dads
Meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.
Contact: George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Contact: Jenny or call 703-472-4678.

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm
Contact: Sharon or call 703-716-4646.

Loudoun County Parents of Teens with ADHD
Meet last Wednesday of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls. Contact: Bonnie Little 571-306-2932

CSB Family Support Group
Gatlan Center on 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00pm-8:00pm in Alexandria
Contact: or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
3rd Thursday of month, 7:00pm-9:00pm in Alexandria.
Contact: George or call 703-545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group f
For problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community.
7:30 pm every Tuesday Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Builds better lives for affected families.

Arlington Family Support Group
Meets two Sundays a month @ 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact: Michelle Best at

OCD Family Support Group
Meets 1st Mon. of each month @ 7:30 pm. Contact: or call 202-215-5859.

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group Contact: Nicole Zupan at

Padres de hoy
Support group in Spanish.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.
Call 703-824-6865 to register. Free childcare.

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group
Meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC)
Meeting times and location posted at: